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MDT Webinars

Introducing the National Elder Abuse MDT Peer Support Listserv Community

June 22, 2020

Join us for the webinar, Introducing the National Elder Abuse MDT Peer Support Listserv Community. In collaboration with California District Attorneys Association (CDAA), the Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) is launching a listserv community to aid elder justice multidisciplinary teams (MDT) to communicate with and learn from one another. This peer support community includes a traditional moderated listserv, a document library for sharing relevant resources, and includes the ability for members to message each other. This project is one many supported by the EJI that seeks to build bridges between elder justice projects across the country and to support the development and sustainability of elder abuse multidisciplinary teams. Join us for a webinar exploring this new community and learn how to become a member.

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, Presenter

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Runtime: 24:28

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Adapting Your MDT to a Virtual Environment

June 15, 2020

Join us for the webinar, Adapting Your MDT to a Virtual Environment. Adaptability is a key factor in creating a strong Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). Join us for a webinar exploring tips and considerations for adapting your MDT to a virtual working environment. Topics will include:

  • Understanding the elements of a strong MDT;
  • Choosing the right platform for your team’s virtual work;
  • Confidentiality concerns and security tips;
  • Virtual communication etiquette; and
  • Exploring real-world examples and tips from other MDTs

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, Presenter

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Runtime: 55:20

Mapping Elder Justice Networks

January 21, 2020

We will introduce the new Elder Justice Networks Locator. The Locator is a map designed to help elder justice professionals to locate and collaborate with elder justice networks/teams across the nation. Networks will be added in an on-going fashion.

This webinar will discuss the development of this resource, walk through how to find and use the Locator, and explain how to submit your network for inclusion.

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, Presenter

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Runtime: 37:23

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Rural Multidisciplinary Teams: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations

November 9, 2018

Presenters Jason Burnett, Co-Director of the Texas Elder Abuse & Mistreatment Institute (TEAM), Co-Director of the TEAM-Forensic Assessment Center Network, Tammy Sever (Nevada), and Michele Knittle (Nevada) discuss the unique, but not insurmountable, challenges facing rural MDTs.

This webinar will dive into the issues faced by real-world rural MDTs while highlighting the good work, resources, and innovations that can serve as examples of what is possible.

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Runtime: 1:00:00  

MDT Cross Training for Prosecutors

August 9, 2018

Nicole Sato, Deputy District Attorney, will provide an overview of the role of a prosecutor at the MDT table. Learn how to strengthen collaboration with your team’s prosecutor by delving into their role, contributions, and professional perspective. Join in a discussion about the ethical responsibilities of a prosecutor and the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the fight against elder abuse. The discussion will include the prosecutor’s perspective on what makes a good case; what are their parameters on an MDT; what they get out of MDT collaborations and how best to collaborate; and what they contribute. Plus, we will clear up some common assumptions and misconceptions regarding the parameters of their work.

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Runtime: 1:00:45

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MDT Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction

March 9, 2018

The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) hosted a webinar on Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction.

Presented by Maro Casparian, Director of Consumer Protection at the Denver District Attorney’s Office; Linda Loflin Pettit, Manager of Community and Government Relations for the Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section for the City and County of Denver; and Sgt. T.J. Blair of the Denver Police Department, this webinar highlights real-world solutions from Denver's Forensic Collaborative for At-Risk Adults, an elder abuse case review MDT.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the best practices for recruitment and ongoing engagement of team members.
  • Exploring real-world examples of relationship- and trust-building strategies.
  • Discovering new MDT Guide and Toolkit documents, including a recruitment letter and statement of need.

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Runtime: 1:01:12  

Assessing Cognitive Capacity in Elder Abuse Cases

August 21, 2017

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, MDT Technical Advisor, Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA. 

This webinar is offered to all professionals who work on elder abuse MDT’s to better understand the issue of decisional capacity. Dr. Olsen will provide several contexts where decisional capacity is central to case formulation and resolution. She will present the components of a good assessment with examples of how to collect and integrate relevant information. Lastly, the importance of maintaining a client-centered orientation will be discussed so that MDT’s maintain an awareness of the need to balance the client’s self-determination with the need for protection. Through this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize situations where decisional capacity is relevant to elder abuse case management and resolution
  • Identify the factors that should be considered in evaluating an older adults’ decisional capacity
  • Understand the importance of maintaining a client-centered orientation when assessing decisional capacity

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Runtime: 48:57  

From Good to Great: Developing Strong Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Teams

July 10, 2017

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, EJI MDT Technical Advisor, hosts a discussion featuring Lori Delagrammatikas and Mary Twomey, MSW, to help you tackle communication challenges, understand and overcome common collaboration barriers, and provide tips and tools to help strengthen your team. The discussion also highlights resources available to you in our MDT Guide and Toolkit.

Topics include:

  • Common barriers to effective collaboration
  • Overcoming collaboration challenges
  • Facilitation tips for Coordinators

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Runtime: 1:01:25

A Walk Through the MDT Guide and Toolkit

May 30, 2017

The Elder Justice Initiative announced the launch of our new Multidisciplinary Team Guide and Toolkit. The toolkit is designed for anyone looking to create or grow an elder abuse MDT in their area, regardless of their experience with MDTs. The web-based toolkit is enhanced for use on mobile devices and contains easy to download PDF sample documents and citations.

Talitha Guinn-Shaver hosts a live walk through the toolkit in our upcoming webinar, covering topics including:

  • Layout and usability
  • Highlights from each chapter
  • Questions and feedback

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Runtime 1:01:00

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Fill in the Blanks: A Webinar for Elder Abuse Case Review MDTs at Any Stage of Development

April 24, 2017

A conversation with elder abuse MDT coordinators who have made it happen; Allison Granata, LMSW, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Kelly Burnett, Deputy Attorney, City of Richmond, VA, and Talitha Guinn-Shaver, EJI MDT Technical Advisor about real problems and how to make an elder abuse case review MDT work.

Fill in the blanks – identify the challenges facing your MDT and move forward to find success. We will discuss diverse MDT models, common barriers, give tips for advancing your project, and answer YOUR questions.

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Runtime 1:00:08

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Updated October 30, 2023